Newcastle have made only an average start to the season with 4 points from their first three league games, two of which were at home, and we had Danny Simpson limp off in the first half yesterday with a hamstring injury, but no news yet on just how bad the injury is, but Danny will miss a few weeks before he returns.
Ryan Taylor – will be back sooner than expected
Cheick Tiote will miss the two leg play-off tie between the Ivory Coast and Senegal, which will give Newcastle a huge problem if Senegal win the game, because we’ll be without Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in January and some of February.
And Newcastle don’t really have too many option to replace them – even though we knew this was a possibility throughout the summer months – but couldn’t bring in a top striker.
Cheick played the first game of the season against Tottenham, but seemed to be injured early in the game, but he stayed on the full game, and that seems to have been a mistake in retrospect.
But the central midfielder could be fit for the game at Everton in two weeks time, which looks a really tough game on paper.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick:
“He’s not fit but we’re expecting him to be in and around it for the Everton game. We’ll have to work hard on him but I’m hoping, fingers crossed, we can get him right for that.”
But there’s some decent news today from Alan Pardew on Ryan Taylor, that his Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury is straightforward, and not too much damage, which means he could be back quicker than first thought, from the serious injury.
This is what Alan had to say to the local press on Ryan:
“Usually you do some ligaments or a cartilage and it really is problematic.” “Ryan looks straight-forward, there’s not a lot of swelling.”
“The cruciate’s detached so it’s purely a case of putting it back and I think he’ll come back a little bit quicker than most cruciate injuries.”
“The tracksuits was Colo’s idea. He called me on Saturday. We didn’t want to say ‘get well’ because there’s people in a lot worse position than Ryan. It’s just nice to have that spirit within the group.”
The tracksuits the lads wore before the game yesterday had the words “Ryan Taylor – Over The Wall” on the back, which was a nice gesture, and fitting that the idea came from the Newcastle captain, and Coloccini had a good game yesterday at the back for Newcastle.
On Simpson’s injury Alan Pardew wasn’t sure how bad the hamstring was:
“We’re not sure if it’s a full tear or just a strain.”
With Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson injured in successive games, Newcastle will be wondering why they didn’t bring in any reinforcements for the defense over the summer, and the squad already seems stretched by injury.
The fact is that Newcastle didn’t take the opportunity to sufficiently strengthen their squad over the summer, and that’s disappointing.
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com